Last week, Derek visited Barcelona, where he came across this giant sculpture of a domestic cat, called The Cat of Botero, by the Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero.
Cats are responsible for the deaths of billions of birds and small mammals worldwide each year.
Giant bronze sculpture of domestic cat in Barcelona
Note the giant Cat BELL to warn the birds!!!
The Cat of Botero is a sculpture of the colombian artist Fernando Botero. The cat was bought by the Barcelona local government in 1987. It's actual location is the "Rambla del Raval" a street in one of the dodgiest quarters of Barcelona: El Raval.
Our Blue Tit nestlings are getting big and strong now - ornithologist Jim Wilson joins Derek from our Cork studio today with the latest from our nestbox!
One of the Blue Tit nestlings looks up
Our young nestlings are getting more adventurous
The female Blue Tit directly feeding her nestlings
The mother Blue Tit and her five remaining nestlings
Jim took this stunning photo of a young Blue Tit in his garden, and wants to remind everyone to leave alone any young nestlings they might come across that have left the nest, as the parents may still be feeding them.
Photo by Jim Wilson
And across town, in Áras an Uachtaráin, our two young Swallows look as though they might fly the nestbox soon...
Whilst in Barcelona, Derek ended up joining in on a stag party. And last Saturday, the ladies of Team Mooney all joined our reporter Katriona McFadden to help her celebrate her hen. It's a rite of passage for anyone who is getting married, but there's a huge divergence in how we celebrate that final big hurrah with all the girls or guys. Brenda Donohue has been out and about to find out just how varied the celebration of a hen or stag night can be!
If you saw last night’s Crimecall on RTÉ One, you will have seen the frightening story of a young couple held at knifepoint and robbed of €10,000 as they waited in a car park to pay for a car they found online.
Is this a common phenomenon? And what precautions can we take when buying or selling cars privately?
Derek is joined in studio today to discuss all this by Michael Sheridan, RTÉ’s motoring correspondent.
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